As many of you know, COVID-19 has been particularly virulent with elders in our community, especially in long-term care and retirement homes where it has been running rampant.
As Toronto’s Seniors Advocate, I’m very concerned about, and deeply saddened by, the devastating impact this virus is having on our senior population and on those who work and reside in long-term care and retirement homes, along with other institutions where the most vulnerable of us receive care.
For those who are in self-isolation, I want you to know that we care about you and you are not alone. For those who are unwell because of the virus, I wish you our support, strength and a full recovery. And for those families and friends that have lost a loved one from COVID-19, my deepest and most sincere condolences to you.
Along with the pressing need to ensure that long-term care and retirement homes are safe and secure from the transmission of viruses, it is important to remember that isolation and loneliness also has a serious impact on the health, wellbeing, and longevity of seniors. Given the restrictions that are in place which limit the ability of friends and loved ones to visit people residing in these homes, it is more important than ever that we as a community find creative ways to reach out to them and express our love and support. It can be deeply meaningful.
Our community appreciates the heroic and caring personal support workers, nurses, doctors, health care workers, management teams, cleaners, kitchen staff, coordinators and everyone who works tirelessly to support our loved ones. No words can adequately express our heartfelt gratitude and support.
I’ve created this page to encourage community members and kids of all ages to write a special message to show their support to those residents and frontline staff at the following homes below. Click on the home you want to leave a comment for and once we’ve generated enough responses, I’ll share the page with the specific home so that the staff and residents can see how much support and love they have from us all.
Thank you for your kindness and support for the people who need us now more than ever.